As the youngest of The Queen’s adult grandchildren, Princess Eugenie of York has a lot to live up to. But the young royal has proved that she is nothing short of her older sister and cousins.
After she accepted a full-time position at Paddle8, the online art auction house based in New York City, Princess Eugenie has consistently displayed her skill and ability to work hard. “She has been nothing but an amazing asset,” said Eugenie’s boss, Alexander Gilkes.
Mr. Gilkes, who is also a friend of Prince William, added: “We operate with a full meritocracy. She has been formidable from start to finish, and is one of the hardest workers in the company. We’ve tried to be very respectful of her privacy.” He was surprised by the media attention that has surrounded Eugenie, even in America, and has turned down every request for an interview with her.
The Princess, too, has spoken about her job at Paddle8. “Doing art at Marlborough, where I went to school, was really tough, and I knew that it wasn’t the direction I wanted to go,” she said. “I’d rather show art and give people the joy of showing it. Helping someone build their collection is just so exciting. I know that when I’m building mine up, it’s so much fun to see all the little bits you’ve got.”
Only last month, the Princess curated an online art auction for her friend, the artist Tracey Emin. “I’ve never had a relationship with an online auction house before, but I’m friends with Eugenie York,” said Ms. Emin.